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January 20, 2009

Remember, We’re Inaugurating A President, Not Coronating A King

by Doug Mataconis

Words of wisdom:

Men( and any woman will tell you this ) are just men. Some are good, some are bad, but they all have their flaws. Let us not forget that he is a man, and only a man and that any man who holds the office will someday leave it. Let us pray he does not begin to actually believe the good things that people say about him. Let us hope that he also does not believe the bad things that people will say. Let us deeply wish that he doesn’t care one way or the other, because in the end he was elected to lead, not to be loved and adored or dare I say – worshiped.

The new President is a man,just a man, and there is a real majesty to that fact. The majesty is that a man of no real consequence can be the President if the people so decree. Come what may, we will decide in four years whether to renew his contract to serve us and in eight years he will voluntarily leave the office to his predecessor. This is what the Constitution holds. That is the core of the Oath taken for the office. That is the essential majesty of the office; that so much power,once achieved is to be given up in an orderly fashion. For like the life of a man, it is designed to be temporary, lest it be mistaken by others for a mask of holiness. Being President doesn’t make you a better man than the rest of us, it simply reveals to everyone what you already were back when you were just a man. Some men find this humbling, others shrink from the image it brings, others accept the burden and do the best they can, comforted in the fact that it is only temporary and relief will surely come to them in the end.

Let us all be wary of the day when any man is elevated above the office, not for how the process of deification can elevate the man into being something he is not, but how it lowers the rest of us into being something less than men.

Barack Obama is no better than you or I. His ideas are no more valid or correct than yours or mine.

The mindless worship I am seeing from a good many people today is troubling.

Originally posted at Below The Beltway.

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  1. Today? What about the last two years. His whole election was based on mindless worship and media confidence games.

    Comment by Chris Byrne — January 20, 2009 @ 6:48 am
  2. One could make the argument that Sarah Palin received the same mindless worship from the right-wing media.

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — January 20, 2009 @ 6:54 am
  3. One could make that argument with Ron Paul (in Libertarian circles at least) as well.

    Comment by Stephen Littau — January 20, 2009 @ 7:12 am
  4. His ideas are no more valid or correct than yours or mine.

    You can make the claim that he’s not a better or worse man. As a man, I don’t view Obama as my superior nor my inferior.

    But two men’s mutually exclusive ideas cannot be equally correct. While Obama and I may have a difference of opinion over which of us is correct, we’re not both so.

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — January 20, 2009 @ 7:36 am
  5. Perhaps I went a bit overboard at the end, but I think the broader point is valid.

    And I harbor no illusions that everything I believe is correct, anyway.

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — January 20, 2009 @ 10:36 am
  6. I saw a quote from Obama that I completely agreed with today. He said the issue now is not that the government is too big or to small but does it work? The Democrats virtually have full control of the government now so lets find out does government work or not.

    Comment by uhm — January 20, 2009 @ 1:06 pm

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